Obituary: Richard Taylor (1930–2014)

Co-Principal Flute (1957–1983)

The LSO is sad to hear that flautist Richard Taylor has passed away. Richard died peacefully in St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing on Monday 11 August 2014. He was a member of the LSO from 1957 to 1983 and was Co-Principal Flute from 1972 to 1983.

Richard Taylor was born in Wimbledon in 1930. He came from a musical family and at the age of 14 he won a scholarship to study at the GSMD and later at the RCM. He spent a year in the Sadlers Wells’ Opera Orchestra before being invited to join the London Symphony Orchestra, and was at that time its youngest member. He spent 28 years in the London Symphony Orchestra, and during this time was also a flute professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was Co-Principal Flute for his last 15 years in the LSO. He left the Orchestra in 1983 to concentrate on chamber work and teaching. In 1995 he and his wife retired to Broadmayne in Dorset.

Our sympathies are with his wife, Colleen, and their children and grandchildren at this sad time.